Mirpur: Nursing a toe injury, India opener Rohit Sharma skipped the team’s training session and is likely to miss Tuesday’s Asia Cup Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka in Mirpur. (Asia Cup 2016: Injury Worries Increase as India Gear up For Sri Lanka Test)
His opening partner Shikhar Dhawan did train, so did skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who had a knock during the two-and-a-half-hour net session at the BCB Academy in Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.
Rohit, who took a blow on the left toe off a yorker by Mohammed Amir, did not accompany the team for practice as he stayed back in his hotel room. (Rohit Sharma Undergoes X-Ray After Being Hit on Toe)
While he is lucky to have escaped fracture, it is highly unlikely that he will feature in the game against Sri Lanka, which might increase the soreness of his left toe.
With the World T20 starting in a week’s time, the team management will not risk Rohit, who is one of the key players in the top order.
Dhawan, meanwhile, hit the nets but did not have the usual sprightly strides that one normally associates with the Delhi left-hander. He took a few catches, did a bit of shadow batting and was the last one to come out to bat in fading light.
For a change, Parthiv Patel got to bat early in the net session right after Raina, Kohli and Rahane.
It was also heartening to see Dhoni has a hit at the net session, which he had carefully avoided due to the back spasms.
Despite injuries, the mood in the camp looked upbeat as Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli and Team Director Ravi Shastri were seen enjoying a hearty laugh after the nets were over.